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The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.

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Matthew Jacobs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... The Doctor
Eric Roberts ... The Master / Bruce
Daphne Ashbrook ... Dr. Grace Holloway
Sylvester McCoy ... The Doctor
Yee Jee Tso ... Chang Lee
John Novak ... Salinger
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Swift
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Wheeler (as Catherine Lough)
Dolores Drake ... Curtis
Will Sasso ... Pete (as William Sasso)
Jeremy Radick Jeremy Radick ... Gareth
Eliza Roberts ... Miranda
Bill Croft ... Motorcycle Policeman
David Hurtubise David Hurtubise ... Professor Wagg (as Dave Hurtubise)
Joel Wirkkunen Joel Wirkkunen ... Ted
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Storyline

The Doctor, an alien time traveller from the planet Gallifrey, is transporting the remains of his nemesis, the Master back to their homeworld. However the Master is not as dead as the Doctor thinks. The Master's essence escapes and sabotages the TARDIS, the Doctor's time machine causing it to crash land in San Franscisco on December 30th 1999. The Doctor requires a beryllium atomic clock to repair the TARDIS, but is shot as he leaves it. Taken to hospital, the Doctor's seventh regeneration is triggered by a surgeon, confused by his alien physiology, while the Master takes over a paramedic's body. He needs a Time Lord's body to survive and be able to regenerate again so he needs the Doctor's. The newly regenerated the Doctor must fight to save his own eighth body, and the world when the Master sabotages the TARDIS' power source. By midnight on December 31st 1999, the Earth will be pulled through this power-source, a mini-black hole, and only the Doctor can stop if only he can remember ... Written by Dave Gardner <is6131@dcs.napier.ac.uk>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1999 - Maailman tuho See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fox TV announced plans to rebroadcast the movie on 31 December 1999 - the very day the film takes place - however these plans were later changed and the film was not rerun at that time. See more »

Goofs

The entire ambulance/hospital sequence is a symphony of errors: A bystander would not be permitted to ride in the back of the ambulance, nor would his (or anybody's) consent be required to provide care to an unconscious patient with life-threatening injuries. Nobody was performing the routine care and monitoring that medics would have performed. An external EKG, and not an internal probe, would be used to assess the heart's electrical activity. The Doctor was not intubated, as he would have been for surgery. The cardiologist would have doffed her gown and put scrubs on over her underwear in the locker room, then scrubbed for surgery, rather than scrubbing first then being stuffed into scrubs over a ball gown. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Doctor: [voiceover] It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial. They say he listened calmly as his list of evil crimes was read, and sentence passed. Then he made his last, and I thought, somewhat curious request. He demanded that I, the Doctor, a rival Time Lord, should take his remains back to our home planet, Gallifrey. It was a request they should never have granted...
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Crazy Credits

Rather than credit the creator of "Doctor Who" (1963), Sydney Newman, a title card reads: "Based upon the television series broadcast by the BBC." Ron Grainer, composer of the film's theme music, and Delia Derbyshire, designer of the TARDIS sound effect, do not receive screen credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version broadcast and released on video by the BBC in 1996 had the following cuts (totalling 1 min 6 secs):
  • The caption "Based on the original series broadcast by the BBC" is removed, although no footage is edited.
  • Chang Lee's gang firing at the departing car.
  • Chang Lee's two friends being shot.
  • The third and fourth gunmen aiming at Chang Lee.
  • The gunmen firing at the TARDIS.
  • The operating scene is heavily edited with many cuts of Grace and her attempts to retrieve the probe from the Doctor's body. The sound of the Doctor's final scream was also removed.
  • A closeup of Chang Lee's neck being twisted and the sound of Bruce's wife's neck snapping. These cuts were waived for the 2001 DVD release.
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Written by Giacomo Puccini
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Doctor Who returned in a blaze of Glory
5 November 2000 | by Doc-204See all my reviews

This 1996 BBC/Fox-Universal co-production TV movie gets the short end of the stick on too many counts. 'Doctor Who' is a science fiction classic, a staple if you will in SF and the longest run show of its kind in history. After 26 seasons it ended in 1989. Thanks to the diligence of a mainly British crew (working in the states/Canada), the show was at least briefly, canonically, and finally revived, and even if it was only one TV movie it re-surged the merchandising for the show immensely. The Movie itself starred Paul McGann in the best ever first 'New Doctor' performance since the Original episode starring William Hartnell. The effects were great, if the story was lacking, but the cast was superb (barring perhaps Eric Roberts) and the cinematography very cool and interesting throughout. I loved Doctor Who in its original form, and I think that while this movie did not catch on to the true greatness of SF storytelling that made the show in the first place, it DID capture the spirit of the series and continued it well.


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